Cutting the wrong test at the wrong time

ACG, AGA, and ASGE Presidents wrote an article in KevinMD about the meaningful and measurable progress made against colorectal cancer incidence and the danger in reduced reimbursement. (8/8/14)

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Updated guidance to help IBS sufferers

For the 5 to 15 percent of Americans who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, managing chronic symptoms — constipation, diarrhea, gas, and abdominal pain — can be an exercise in frustration. Contradictory advice from doctors, nutritionists, and well-meaning friends, on which foods to avoid or which supplements or medications to take, can drive IBS sufferers crazy. Boston Globe (8/7/14)

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New Review Suggests Psyllium, Probiotics, Antidepressants May Be Best for IBS

Guidelines from the American College of Gastroenterology will have IBS patients and their doctors questioning what they thought they knew about keeping gut symptoms under control. Healthline (8/8/14)

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ACG Partners with AGA, ASGE on “Value of Colonoscopy”

ACG has joined with AGA and ASGE on an important initiative, The Value of Colonoscopy: Saving Lives Through Expert Care, to further highlight the value of colonoscopy and the gastroenterologists who perform this life-saving procedure. Visit to learn more.

Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says

Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study. These fluctuations could lead to monitoring systems that might help detect and ease flare-ups for people with certain chronic illnesses, such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), the researchers said. HealthDay (7/25/14)

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Probiotic Logic vs. Gut Feelings

In an extensive review of the evidence published in 2010 in the journal Pediatrics, an expert committee concluded that probiotics might limit the course of virus-caused diarrhea in otherwise healthy infants and children. But the committee said there was not sufficient evidence to justify routine use of probiotics to prevent rotavirus-caused diarrhea in child care centers. Nor did the committee endorse taking probiotics during pregnancy and nursing or giving them to infants to prevent allergic disorders in those at risk. NYT (7/21/14)

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ACG updates guidelines for managing benign anorectal disorders

The American College of Gastroenterology has released new guidelines on the management of benign disorders of anorectal function and/or structure, updated with research data through 2013. Healio (7/7/14)

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New guideline warns physicians about risks of some supplements

The American College of Gastroenterology released a new guideline this week warning physicians about the risks of supplements and how to counsel patients about their use. Most patients recover after going off the drugs or supplements with proper medical care that was outlined in the guidelines, but some may go into permanent liver failure that requires a liver transplant to treat. Boston Globe (6/19/14)

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Herbal Remedies, Common OTC Medications Can Hurt the Liver

Many non-prescription and herbal medications can damage the liver, researchers warn. The American College of Gastroenterology just released guidelines on managing idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Daily RX (6/17/14)

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Heartburn meds not working? You might be taking them wrong

If you take over-the-counter remedies to deal with your heartburn woes on a regular basis, and the medication doesn’t seem to be working, this might be why: You’re probably not taking them the way you’re supposed to, according to a study conducted by researchers at MetroHealth Medical Center.

The study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Gastroenterology,  found that 61 percent aren’t getting the full benefit of the drugs because they’re not taking them the right way – right before a meal, with that first meal being breakfast. (6/6/14)

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